Your Harbourview Dental dentist has a mission to prevent decay in teeth, preserving your oral health for the rest of your life. Having good oral hygiene is one way you can keep teeth clean while at home, but your Burlington dental experts can help as well. Fluoride treatments at our dental clinic reinforce the minerals in your teeth, making them stronger and aiding in the fight against tooth decay.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that is present throughout nature in rocks, water, and soil. When it is introduced to the mouth, it can help fight cavities and keep away tooth decay. Fluoride, however, cannot keep your mouth healthy on its own. You still need to maintain a good oral hygiene routine and visit the dentist regularly for exams and cleanings.
Your tooth enamel covers the outer part of your teeth. The enamel is made of calcium and phosphate, which your saliva is filled with as well. The minerals in your saliva keep the enamel strong. When you eat foods with a lot of sugar or carbohydrates, your mouth produces acids that can attack the enamel and strip it of calcium and phosphate.
Fluoride, when ingested or when applied to teeth topically, teams up with your enamel and defends your teeth against the acids that can make it easier for decay to develop. Your teeth become much more resistant to the acids produced when you eat and drink sugary foods, preventing tooth decay and other oral health conditions.
Your dentist can apply fluoride to your teeth during regular visits to the office. However, you can help defend your mouth by using products with fluoride in them, such as toothpaste. When choosing oral products, be sure to choose those with an ADA Seal that shows the correct dose of fluoride is in the product. Too much or too little could mean the difference between healthy teeth and oral health issues.
To get more information about the role fluoride plays in your oral health, call our Harbourview Dental office and schedule an appointment with a dentist in Burlington.